What's At Stake
Big Oil wants to dramatically increase its exports out of the Gulf of Mexico, putting communities and ecosystems at risk. Thirty-five miles off the coast of Surfside Beach, Texas, Big Oil has big plans to build a deep-water crude oil infrastructure project that would export up to 2 million barrels of crude oil per day to foreign markets on some of the world’s largest ships. If permitted, the Sea Port Oil Terminal, or SPOT, would become the largest crude oil export facility in the US and set a precedent for similar projects in the permitting pipeline that would have damaging consequences for air quality along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. The U.S. Department of Transportation has tentatively decided to issue SPOT a deepwater port license to export oil, but SPOT cannot construct without first obtaining other important permits, like the air permits that EPA is now considering.
Delivery to Environmental Protection Agency Region 6 Administrator Earthea Nance